Will Kelly's offense work in NFL? Jaws says 'No'

Will Kelly's offense work in NFL? Jaws says 'No'

May 22, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Ron Jaworski is doing plenty of homework on Chip Kelly, but the former Eagles quarterback isn’t listening much to the new Eagles coach.

Despite Kelly’s repeated claims that his Oregon offense would have to be modified for the NFL, Jaworski still theorized that Kelly will have trouble adapting to the professional level after watching tape of the former Oregon head coach’s offense.

"I've had a number of conversations with Chip. I have incredible respect for what he's done at the collegiate level. It's going to be interesting to see if this style of offense projects to the NFL," Jaws said recently in an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic. "I'm going to say no. But again, I hope I'm wrong because I want Chip and the Eagles to be successful."

Interesting.

Apparently, Jaws knows something nobody else does. Kelly has said his offense would be catered around the quarterback who emerges as his starter. At last check, that competition is still ongoing.

Therefore, Kelly’s NFL offense has yet to be entirely scripted. But based on what he's seen of the Ducks -- he said he studied seven or eight of their games -- Jaworski isn't optimistic.  

"I just don't see NFL passing concepts in this offense," Jaworski said. "It's a movement offense by the quarterback, off the run action, off the read action -- a lot of short, quick passes, dart routes, bubble screens -- very few plays down the field with NFL passing concepts.

"It's easy to say, 'Yeah, it worked in college.' Then I looked at a game like Stanford. Stanford, a good defensive football team, shut them down. I hope it works. I like the innovation, but I think it's going to be very difficult."

Because NFL teams will be ready for it.

"The NFL is a different league with fast players that have all week to prepare for you," he said. "At the collegiate level, you have 20 hours to prepare for that Oregon offense. Take out three hours of game time -- you've got 17 hours to prepare in the course of a week to pratice and prepare for that style of offense. It kills you in college. But in the NFL, these guys work 17 hours a day. A day. Not a week. So there's no secrets."

Jaworski also weighed in on the hot topic around the Kelly water cooler -- the diverse selection of music played at Eagles practice. It’s been called unique and cutting edge, but Jaws said plenty of teams have been playing music at practice.

"Probably about half the teams in the league use the noise, the music, the Rock 'n Roll music, the crowd noise,” he said. “And I found it kind of interesting -- 'Woah, we're doing something revolutionary here in Philadelphia!'

“It's been happening. It's been going on. Everyone's excited about Chip Kelly. I am. He's a visionary. He's going to do some things different."

Strange that Jaws would call Kelly a visionary and downplay the coach’s offense and practices in the same interview.

“I love it. I love the up-tempo. I love the fast pace,” he said. “But how are you going to practice this when the regular season starts and you have a limited roster?"